Troops of the 34 Artillery Brigade, operating in the 82 Division Nigerian Army, Area of Responsibility have foiled an attack by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its armed affiliate, Eastern Security Network (ESN).
According to a statement on Tuesday by the Director, Army Public Relations, Brig Gen Onyema Nwachukwu, the attempted attack was aimed at the Army’s Forward Operating Base at Ukwuorji, along Owerri – Onitsha expressway.
The irredentist fighters, who attempted the attack on the troops on 20 August 2023, were subdued by the superior firepower of the troops who neutralized one of the fighters, while 2 others were arrested as others fled.
One vehicle, a mobile phone, one machete, nine empty cases of expended 7.62 mm Special ammunition, and one empty case of expended 12.7mm ammunition were recovered at the scene of the shootout.
In another development, following troops’ aggressive combat operations against insurgents in the northeast, one Boko Haram fighter alongside his wife surrendered to troops of the 26 Task Force Brigade Garrison in Gwoza. Items recovered from the terrorist, include one AK 47 Rifle and 10 Live rounds of 7.62 mm Special Ammunition.
Furthermore, in a separate operation on 21 August 2023, troops of 1 Brigade Garrison, operating under 8 Division, Area of Responsibility and acting on actionable intelligence, ambushed insurgents who were on a mission to attack Bobo Village in Talata Mafara Local Government Area of Zamfara State.
In a fierce fight with the insurgents, troops eliminated two of the criminals and recovered two AK-47 rifles and four motorcycles.